Commissioning principles - brief overview

There are three overarching principles in the Commissioning Process that begin at project inception and continue through Occupancy and Operations, states the WBDG Project Management Committee.

Determine Project Performance Requirements

 Every project goes through Pre-Design and Design Stages that establish an owner's needs, goals, scope, and design solutions for a proposed project. Proposed designs and constructed work can only be evaluated against objective criteria and measures that are embodied in well-documented project requirements. Project development is an "iterative" process where building performance decisions are refined to successive levels of detail over the course of project delivery. Key commissioning activities supporting this principle include:


  • Understand Needs of Special Building Types

  • Define Threats, Risks, and Consequences

  • Determine Key Program Goals and Objectives

  • Recognize Systems Criticality to Achieving Goals

  • Conduct Key Commissioning Programming Activities

 Plan the Commissioning Process

 Commissioning involves the systematic process of planning delivery team member roles and responsibilities and tasks for all project phases and activities, including review and acceptance procedures, documentation requirements, development and approval of Commissioning Plans, Commissioning Schedules, and Testing and Inspection plans. Planning the Commissioning Process includes identification of special testing needs for unique or innovative assemblies and measures that will assure adequate O&M Training. Key commissioning activities supporting this principle include:


  • Establish Goals for Quality, Efficiency, and Functionality

  • Establish a Commissioning Approach and Scope

  • Establish Commissioning Budgets

  • Establish Commissioning Plans

  • Establish Commissioning Schedules

  • Establish Testing and Inspection Plans

  • Develop Commissioning Specifications

  • Determine Special Testing Needs

  • Establish Re-Commissioning Plans

 Document Compliance and Acceptance

 Commissioning serves as the historical record of an owner's expectations for project performance throughout the project delivery process. The purpose of commissioning documenting is to record the "Why, How, and What" of key delivery team decisions throughout the planning and delivery process. Commissioning documents the establishment of standards of performance for building systems, and verifies that designed and constructed work meets those standards. Key commissioning activities supporting Document Compliance and Acceptance include:


  • Document all Levels of Project Development and Acceptance

  • Emphasize Inspection, Testing, and Training on Commissioned Systems

  • Compile Key Commissioning Documentation

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